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Scout's Notebook: Maliek Collins' Power, Cooper Working At Guard; More - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
With the plan apparently being to go with La'el Collins at right tackle, the Cowboys have been working Chaz Green at LG while Jonathan Cooper is learning the center job. But when Green took a day off as part of bringing him back from injury, we saw what is likely the real plan for the O-line when training camp rolls around.

Jonathan Cooper took the majority of snaps at left guard with the first offense. I didn’t notice any major problems technique-wise, but it did appear that he made a mental mistake during team period when he went the wrong way on a counter. Ezekiel Elliott took the ball to the right as all the blockers went down inside to the left -- with the exception of Cooper, who went to his right.

Highlights Of The Dallas Cowboys Mandatory Minicamp Practice (Day 2) - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
Make sure you check out the compilation of social media comments on the day's action from our own Michael Sisemore.

All the highlights from today’s practice in one spot for your reading pleasure.

Cole Beasley's excited about Dak Prescott's plan for Cowboys receivers before training camp - Jori Epstein, SportsDay
Once minicamp wraps up, the players are on their own until the start of training camp in late July. Dak Prescott is not going to get completely away from football, however.

"It's important to take time off but also staying focused on the playbook, keeping my feet firing, keeping my arm going," Prescott said.

One way he'll do that: hold de facto quarterback camps with his receivers. They plan to meet at the Cowboys' practice facility at the Frisco Star and have floated around other training locations too.

Prescott doesn't care where he meets as long as his team is working.

"If one receiver's in town when I'm here, we'll get some work in," Prescott said. "I don't care if we're both down in L.A. and accidentally run into each other - we'll probably go get some work in that next day or something. It's about just communicating, knowing where we're at, trying to get a time together where we're all there."

Cole Beasley admits he's battled hamstring issues since tail end of last season - Jon Machota, SportsDay
It has been revealed that Cole Beasley has been dealing with a hamstring problem since week 10 of last season. Despite that, he was the leading receiver for the team, and hopes to get back to normal with rest, which is why he has not been participating in OTAs and minicamp.

Beasley said the Cowboys' medical staff believes he's dealing with hamstring tendinitis.

"I wouldn't say it's soreness. It tightens up when I overextend," Beasley said of his hamstring. "As far as running routes, it doesn't bother me at all. It's really after I catch the ball and try to open up is where I feel it. It doesn't hurt. There is nothing surgery can do for it.

With Sean Lee leading, question is who follows on Cowboys defense - Schuyler Dixon, Pro Football Weekly
The Cowboys have a lot of questions to answer on defense, but one thing they already know: The leader on the field and in the locker room is Sean Lee, who thinks the team has a lot to work with in the new faces they have added.

"It's been fun to be around them," Lee said. "I also think we've got some older guys and we've got some guys on the defense and are ready to play and are going to surprise some people. We have certain standards defensively that we want to play by."

Lee is coming off his first All-Pro season, and his first offseason in five years without having to manage an injury. In the two years since he missed all of 2014 after tearing a knee ligament in the first offseason practice, the oft-injured Lee has been mostly healthy.

Cowboys are ahead of some top NFC contenders heading into break - Charles Robinson, Yahoo Sports
Things have been remarkably sedate this offseason for the Cowboys, and that is in sharp contrast to some of their NFC rivals - which may be a real advantage for them.

In some ways, the quiet line Dallas has been walking has been a dream. After a litany of offseasons packed with questions about Tony Romo’s health or replacing DeMarco Murray or years of some disjointed Dez Bryant issue, there has been a palpable change in tune with this franchise. One that features a consistent storyline. Specifically, the transition of aging leadership to a group of players who will comprise the franchise core into the next decade.

By all accounts, Dallas will head into the offseason break having accomplished exactly what it wanted this offseason – closing the transition into the hands of Prescott; keeping Elliott from being suspended (or something worse); and getting everyone to show up for nine weeks and lay a foundation of chemistry. All of that while largely avoiding drama. Apart from a few small lumps in the batter, the recipe will likely produce the NFC’s Super Bowl favorite when training camp begins in July. So long as nobody screws it up when the team’s month-long break begins on Friday.

Ezekiel Elliott has learned off-field lesson, staying home more - Clarence Hill Jr, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After a lot of negative press about some off the field incidents, Ezekiel Elliott has been out of the headlines lately. It was a deliberate strategy on his part.

The result has been a slowing of his off-the-field activities. Asked if he has stayed at home, he said, “Shoot, I’ve been doing that the past six weeks.”

“Just trying to learn to stay out of the way,” Elliott said. “Whatever you do is going to be seen.”

Although he played at high-profile Ohio State, he said he has learned the spotlight with the Cowboys is “definitely” more intense than he expected.

Elliott said it’s a painful and needed lesson to learn, considering how fleeting an NFL career can be if you continue to make mistakes.

Healthy Scandrick Wants To Win Title In Dallas: “It’s The Only Place I Know” - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Orlando Scandrick was rumored to be on the trade block during the draft, something the Cowboys deny. Now, fully healthy, he feels he has something to prove.

“I’ve refocused this offseason and I accept the challenge of the new guys coming in,” he said. “Like I told them, I’m not going to give anybody my job and I’m going to come work every day. I want to be back to where I was, and until I’m back to where I was and I’m doing it Sunday after Sunday after Sunday, I’m going to keep striving. And then when I get back to where I was, I’m going to reach for higher.”

He’s better equipped to meet that challenge this year. The knee injury cost Scandrick the entire 2015 season. Last year, just as he was working his way back, he had to fight through hamstring and foot injuries that limited him to 12 games.

Jerry Jones seemed to be intent on mending fences with Scandrick.

Cap & Trade: Cowboys’ Prescott augments low salary with New Era deal - Aaron Carney, Cowboys Wire
Not only is Dak Prescott one of the biggest rising stars in the NFL, he is a tremendous bargain for the Cowboys on his fourth-round rookie contract. But that new-found fame has provided him other ways to cash in.

As a 16-game starter, not even the league’s performance-based pay bumps gets Prescott to a level commiserate with his actual play. His endorsement deals will have to suffice until he can renegotiate in a few seasons, and he now has a new one to stick under his hat.

New Era announced Wednesday they have signed the second-year quarterback on as a brand ambassador.

Kellen Moore back into swing of things as Cowboys' backup QB - Todd Archer, ESPN
After being lost for the season after a freak injury early in training camp last year, Kellen Moore is hoping to establish himself as the backup quarterback this season. A lot of the fan base is not enthusiastic about him, but his biggest supporter explained why he has the inside track.

"He sees," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "He anticipates and sees guys open. He's extremely accurate. Lots of guys get it done different ways but guys don't last long if they can't hit a moving target on the run. That's what he does best."

Drew Pearson gave Cowboys TE Jason Witten a warning about the Philadelphia Eagles - Jori Epstein, SportsDay
The unquestioned highlight of the 2017 NFL Draft was Drew Pearson's epic troll of Philadelphia Eagles fans in attendance when he announced Dallas' second round pick, Chidobe Awuzie. It went viral, and apparently struck a chord with one of the Cowboys' veteran leaders.

One key piece to a Super Bowl run came up to Pearson after practice. Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten was watching the draft announcement, he said. He loved it.

"You made my day draft night," Witten told Pearson on his way off the field.

The two shook hands, and Pearson gave him a message.

"When you go to Philly," Pearson said, "they're going to be ready for you."

Make-A-Wish kid at Cowboys camp takes over for Dak Prescott, hands ball off to Ezekiel Elliott - Kristie Scales, SportsDay
It wasn't all business at minicamp, as the team helped fulfill a dream for a young boy through the Make-A-Wish program. Raymond ("Ray Ray") Melgarejo came all the way from California to meet his heroes, and after a "press conference", was supposed to watch practice from the sidelines.

That didn't last long for Ray Ray, however, who was pulled onto the field by Prescott, backup quarterback Kellen Moore and QBs coach Wade Wilson. Ray Ray threw some passes during the group portion of drills. When it was time for the QBs to work on handoffs with the running backs and fullbacks, Ray Ray got to execute a couple of handoffs with Ezekiel Elliott.

Oh, and he got a special treat to cap things off.


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History of the Dallas Cowboys - Part V (1981 - 1985) - Blogging The Boys
In his ongoing series on the long and storied history of the Cowboys, BTB-member MrMannequin hits the early 80s. It's a long but worthwhile read.

The Dallas Cowboys of the early 80’s were a classic case of a once-dominant team getting progressively older without refueling with quality young talent. The names of players making plays in that 1985 playoff game (Danny White, Randy White, Doug Cosbie, Tony Dorsett) had been around seemingly forever. The players getting beaten, fumbling, and looking overmatched were young players who never made a mark in the NFL (Todd Fowler, Gordon Banks, Ron Fellows, Victor Scott).

Little did Cowboys fans know that a non-competitive playoff loss [a 20-0 loss to the Rams in the divisional round] would look highly attractive in just a few short years.